Bronfman Presentencing Report Recommends Longer Sentence for Heiress

The great and glorious Vanguard not only stripped Clare Bronfman of scores of millions of dollars, he stripped her of her clothing and made her wear a jockstrap. Lastly, he stripped her of her freedom. She is going to prison soon.

According to a letter filed today by Clare Bronfman’s attorneys, her presentencing report suggests a longer sentence than the 21-27 months the government originally calculated.

While the report is not available to the public, Bronfman’s attorney’s letter [see complete letter] gives us information about what the report contains.

Most significant is that it calculates a longer sentence for Bronfman – and that there were 25 pages of victim impact statements.

Bronfman, an heiress of the Seagram’s liquor fortune and Director of Operations for Nxivm, pleaded guilty on April 19, 2019, in Brooklyn Federal Court after signing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.  Celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, along with attorney Kate Cassidy, represented Bronfman.

Yesterday, Judge Garaufis in issuing a scheduling order, stated he was “considering an above Guidelines sentence,” meaning a sentence longer than 27 months.

At the time of her entering her plea, the judge advised Bronfman she could appeal her sentence if it is more than 27 months. He also advised her that, “even if the sentence I give is you more severe than what you may be thinking or hoping you will receive, you are still going to be bound by your guilty pleas.”

There is new information in the letter filed today by Bronfman’s attorney, Kathleen E. Cassidy.

Here is the letter in part:

Dear Judge Garaufis:

We write to address Your Honor’s Scheduling Order entered yesterday, and to respectfully request an adjournment….

We received the Presentence Investigation Report for Ms. Bronfman (“PSR”) on the afternoon of Friday, December 13, 2019. Her sentencing is currently scheduled for January 8, 2020. Under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32(e)(2), the minimum required notice to the defendant and the defendant’s attorney is 35 days before sentencing, which means the earliest possible sentencing date, assuming no more than the minimum required notice period is granted, would be January 17, 2020.

Defendant respectfully seeks an adjournment of the sentencing date …  to allow the defendant sufficient time to object to the new information contained in the PSR, to allow the Probation Department adequate time to address the defense’s objections to material information and sentencing guidelines ranges contained in the report, and to effectively represent our client at sentencing, particularly given the notice we received yesterday that the Court is contemplating an above Guidelines sentence.

The PSR we received … is 75 pages long and raises numerous alleged instances of wrongdoing and other factual issues apart from the offenses to which Ms. Bronfman pled guilty.

It includes several new factual allegations that have not been raised by the government previously, or that differ in significant ways from the government’s previous factual assertions about Ms. Bronfman….

Furthermore, the Probation Department has, we believe erroneously, calculated a higher Guidelines range applicable to Ms. Bronfman’s offenses of conviction than the parties had calculated in the plea agreement.

It also contains 25 pages of victim impact statements that the defendant received for the first time in the PSR.

I spoke to AUSA Karin Orenstein …. who informed me that there were victim impact statements… that had not yet been provided to the defense. I asked that those statements be disclosed to the defense. AUSA Orenstein agreed.

…. until… the full statements are provided, defense counsel cannot adequately respond to the victim impact statements included in the PSR or make any appropriate objections to their inclusion in the PSR.

This new information contained in the PSR consists of “material information” and “sentencing guidelines ranges” to which defense counsel is entitled to file written objections…

Defendant is also entitled to have the Probation Department carefully consider our objections, both factual and legal, and address those objections, prior to making its final Guidelines calculation and recommendation to this Court….

Already, the defendant has alerted the government and the Probation Department to one significant and material error in the PSR – the incorrect statement that Ms. Bronfman had not yet paid her criminal forfeiture obligation. In fact, she did pay the full amount of the forfeiture due under the plea agreement at the time provided in the plea agreement.

The government agrees that this was an incorrect statement, and U.S. Probation Officer Deniz informed me this week that she anticipates filing an addendum correcting this error after the New Year….

Thus, defendant respectfully requests the below adjournments….

  • …. January 9 to file written objections to the PSR…
  • … January 27 to file defendant’s sentencing submission…
  • We request an adjournment of defendant’s sentencing date from January 8, 2020 until a date convenient for the Court after the parties’ submissions have been filed, noting that from January 27 through March 6, Mr. Geragos anticipates being on trial in Utah and thus requests a Friday date when the Utah court is not sitting if the sentencing is scheduled in that time frame.

Finally, in view of the Court’s notice that it is contemplating a sentence above the Guidelines, we respectfully request that the Court order Probation to provide the parties with a copy of the Probation Office’s recommendation to the Court on the sentence.

Moreover, if there are specific grounds upon which the Court is contemplating an above Guidelines sentence, we respectfully ask for notice of those grounds so that we may address the Court’s concerns specifically in our submission….

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen E. Cassidy
cc: AUSAs Tanya Hajjar and Karin Orenstein (via ECF)
U.S. Probation Officer Angelica Deniz (via email)


My Notes

  1. Bronfman’s presentencing report is 75 pages, which is long for a two count non-violent felony conviction.
  2. The report alleges wrongdoing above and beyond the felonies she pleaded guilty to. In other words, the report likely suggests she committed crimes other than those for which she was charged.
  3. The author of the report, U.S. Probation Officer Angelica Deniz, made a calculation for sentencing higher than the 27 months the government estimated. How much higher is unknown.
  4. There are 25 pages [out of the 75-page report] of summaries of statements of 25? alleged victims.
  5. Bronfman pleaded guilty to crimes that only involved only two victims – Sylvie and the estate of Pam Cafritz.
  6. The victim statements that are contained in the report are summaries, not complete statements.
  7. The full victim statements will be released to Bronfman, subject to a protective order allowing victim identities to be made known to Bronfman but not the public
  8. Her defense can object to victim impact statements, alleging crimes that have not been proven in a court of law. [i.e. Bronfman only pleaded guilty to identity theft and harboring one alien] arguing that other alleged and unproven crimes should not factor into her sentence. This is a due process argument.
  9. Bronfman paid $6 million in cash as part of her plea deal. She paid on time. The defense points out this mistake in the report.
  10. Bronfman has not received her Probation Officer’s actual recommendation as to what sentence she thinks Bronfman should get.
  11. Her Probation Officer’s calculation on sentencing guidelines may have been informed by new information she uncovered.
  12. It is possible Bronfman violated terms of her home confinement.
  13. Her Probation Officer came up with a different calculation than what the government estimated.
  14. The judge, in a rare move, announced he is considering a higher sentence than what the government predicted and that will permit Bronfman to appeal. Whether or not she will remain under home confinement and not in prison pending appeal is up to the judge.

I do not think this was a contrived measure to allow Bronfman to appeal.

I suspect the Probation Report was legitimately conducted. Based at least in part on this report, Judge Garaufis has announced he is considering sentencing Bronfman to a term longer than 27 months, which automatically allows her to appeal.

Granting the defense time to object to information presented in the report will help insulate the judge from being overturned on appeal.

His granting requested extensions of time seems probable for the same reason.

Unless Bronfman can come up with some persuasive evidence to rebut the Probation Report, she is likely to receive a longer sentence than 27 months.

One potentially persuasive move she might consider is to finally admit that her association with Raniere was disastrous and utterly wrong,  something she did not admit in her allocution before the judge when she entered her plea deal.

Unless she can persuade the judge of her genuine contrition and offer good legal and factual arguments to rebut the Probation Report, I predict she will get a minimum of 3 years, and more likely 5 years, and potentially as long as 7-10 years.

The reason I say 5 years is most likely is because the judge announced he was considering an above guidelines sentence. If it were merely a few months longer than the 27 months, it would seem unnecessary to announce this in advance and prompt a spate of filings.





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  • So in other words:

    She pleaded guilty to facilitating a non citizen working in America and paying the bills of Vanguards offspring with a deceased woman’s credit card…apparently at Vanguards direction…

    But she’ll be sentenced for all the law suits she financed… again while following the directions of the Vanguard…

    I know my view won’t be popular but I believe she thought she was following the directions of one of the smartest, and most ethical men in the world.

    ( You can actually hear her devotion in her voice when she describes Vanguard as the ideological leader of the movement during the radio interview with her sister in 2011).

    I truly feel sorry for her because it’s the last thing in the world she thought she would be facing by following his teachings.

    • And what are your thoughts about the fact that she financed all of the punitive lawsuits that Raniere ordered to be brought against anyone he declared to be an enemy?

      Also, what about the fact that she perjured herself in the civil computer trespass case – and before the original grand jury in Frank Parlato’s case?

      Oh, and what about her providing the funds that were used to hire people to dig up personal information on judges, politicians, etc.?

      What is this – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?

  • Thanks for following this, with the reporting and documentation.

    In the document attachments, it’s strange to see that the NXIVM v. Ross case is still going on – though that seems to have to do with the side claim of Interfor the investigative firm, for monies owed.

    And it’s particularly bizarre to see NXIVM’s lawyers pleading to be let out of the case, because they no longer have a client to represent – they can’t get any direction from anyone who is part of NXIVM. They say that Nancy Salzman used to be their contact but now, but that they’ve received reports that she is “no longer involved with NXIVM”, and they’re also unable to get any response from NXIVM’s corporate counsel.

    Frank reported this back in the spring – note that Clare Bronfman was one of those still involved then:

    “It has a Board of Directors – and they had a meeting in December 2018.
    Nancy Salzman is still the President of the company but is not currently taking an active role in its operations.
    We also learned that NXIVM Corporation has always been governed by an Executive Board – and that, as of right now, there are three members on that Executive Board:
    – Clare Bronfman;
    – Lauren Salzman; and
    – Omar Boone.

    Three other former members of the Executive Board resigned over the course of the past year:
    – Emiliano Salinas (Early 2018);
    – Alex Bettencourt (Early 2018); and
    – Karen Unterreiner (Spring/Summer 2018).”

    Note it also says there:

    “It then changed its named to NXIVM Corporation on January 23, 2002”

    That is more than a year before the Snyder suicide note – which NXIVM’s shoddy conspiracy theory claims has to be a later forgery, because it was too early for Snyder to have known about the name change from ESP.

  • “Mr. Geragos anticipates being on trial in Utah…”

    It’s about time Geragos was put on trial. Lol. …Typo or Freudian slip?

    This nonetheless happy news does not appear to bode well for any NDNY or State Investigations much less indictments, including Alaska. Seems the DOJ’s trying to squeeze all the charges — tried or not — into this case.

    That’s great news for all the unindicted, especially the Mexi-NXIAN elites! The poor ones don’t fair so well in the courts here, granted, but what a victory if not for all Mexicans than for all super rich drug cartel moguls everywhere!

    …And I was so looking forward to a sentencing celebration on Gina’s birthday — January 8, 1969.

    • No…Assuming she didn’t get into any trouble while she was in prison, Clare would have to serve 51 months if she got a 5-year sentence. She might, however, be able to serve some of the last 12 months in a halfway house or under home confinement.

  • In light of the fact that there are an estimated 100 plus “slaves ” in NXIVM DOS and each victim is considered a potential victim of blackmail and extortion as well as sex trafficking, the reason for delaying the sentencing of Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack is the complex nature of the case.
    Furthermore all of the NXIVM defendants could be facing potential civil lawsuits for their criminal malfeasance

    • Don’t act like you know what you are talking about…we know there is an appeal (by Raniere) so it’s definitely the reason for Lauren and Allison’s date of sentencing…
      Also, stop with your sex trafficking, at least until you do understand what it means and understand that there is no “ground” for this accusation…
      At least not for the one you aim at.

      And, once again, you come back with your stupid “civil lawsuits”…Seems like you didn’t get smarter with time, old man.

      • “we know there is an appeal (by Raniere)”

        Because Raniere was actively goading his lawyer Agnifilo to hector Lauren Salzman on the witness stand, the argument will be that Judge Garaufis has to maintain some order in the courtroom.
        Although the appellate court might find the Judge’s reaction an error, it will not be called a “reversible error.”
        Raniere has the right to a “fair trial” but not a “perfect trial.”
        Keith Raniere, the world’s dumbest man, screwed himself.
        Keith is Raniere is a Dead Man Walking.
        D–E–A–D, Dead!

        “And, once again, you come back with your stupid “civil lawsuits”

        Between them Allison Pimp Mack and Lauren Pimp Salzman branded, blackmailed and enslaved numerous women.
        100 women?
        125 women?
        150 women?

        Each of these women is a potential victim who can file a Victim Impact Statement.
        And Neil Glazer appears to be a competent lawyer who is willing to sue anyone who had access to the Dropbox account with the Blackmail material.

        Allison’s wife, Nicki Clyne, should consider herself lucky that she was not indicted.

        Picture of Allison and Nicki in happier times which was posted last night around 10 PM Eastern Time or 7 PM Pacific time

        ❤❤❤😘💏 #allisonmack #nickiclyne #love

      • If you’re referring to your Ally, you either don’t understand or have forgotten:

        “Actor Allison Mack was arrested this morning on an indictment unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging her and Keith Raniere, also known as “Vanguard,” with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.”

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His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

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